Council Meets To Narrow Goals For 2007 Strategic Plan

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Each Town of Payson department head gave the council a snapshot of where they are and what plans they have for the future, during a meeting Thursday morning held to discuss the Corporate Strategic Plan.

The Corporate Strategic Plan meeting held Thursday was the first of three meetings the council will hold to finalize the Town's goals for the upcoming year.

At Thursday's meeting, objectives no longer deemed relevant by the council were eliminated from consideration in the 2007-2008 plan.

Among the items under discussion, Terry Morris, director of the Payson Public Library, asked the council for its blessing on a 5,000-foot expansion that will cost $1.375 million.

The council expressed a few concerns about parking availability.

Mayor Bob Edwards and Councilor Andy Romance wondered if there was a way to determine how many people were watching Payson Town Hall meetings on the town's television channel.

Payson Police Commander Don Engler told the council one of the biggest issues facing his department is the number of personnel that are retiring from the force.

Edwards wanted to know how Payson could be made a drug-free zone and be "serious about it." He also said he was disappointed in the animal cruelty cases and the drive-by shooting of a local attorney's office because those incidents should not be occurring in Payson.

"I have seen the drug cancer kill big towns," he said.

Buzz Walker, public works director, told the council that the town used less water in 2006 than in 2005.

Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett gave the council an update on street projects that have been or are going to be completed as well as drainage plans.

A second CSP meeting is scheduled for 9 am. Feb. 8.

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